Seventeen-year-old Raven Walker has never had a boyfriend. She’s never really been interested in boys. But she was always too afraid to examine what that might mean. Until she meets Morgan O’Shea and finds herself inexplicably drawn to her.
As their friendship develops, Raven is forced to face the possibility that her interest in Morgan might actually be attraction and that she might be gay.
Acknowledging the possibility opens Raven’s world to the excitement of her first romance, but it also leaves her struggling to come to terms with her sexuality and the impact it will have on her relationships with her family and friends.
Title: Everything Changes
Author: Samantha Hale
Source: ARC from Netgalley
Publication date: September 16, 2014
I received Everything Changes from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Everything Changes is short — short enough that there’s really nothing to the story than Raven meeting Morgan, recognizing her attraction to Morgan, realizing that she’s gay, starting a relationship with Morgan, and finding a way to come out to her friends and family. Okay, that might sound like a lot, but none of it is dealt with in depth. Even the characters are not very well-developed; there just isn’t time for that.
I enjoyed the scenes of Raven and Morgan getting to know each other, but even in them I didn’t feel like I was getting to know either of them very well. Raven is a high school student struggling with art history. Morgan is a college student majoring in art who offers to tutor her. Neither girl seems to have much else to her. They’re lesbians and they’re students. And? What else? Nothing.
I guess I should be grateful that they do have other friends. In fact, that’s how they meet. They each continue to see their friends, although Raven avoids hers for a bit because she’s not sure how they’re going to react when she comes out. That’s understandable though. I really like that Raven is suddenly insecure around Chloe and Summer, her two best friends. It’s the little things like feeling self-conscious when Chloe changes clothes in front go her, something that’s happened hundreds of times before, or accidentally brushing her foot against Chloe’s under the table. These things are nothing to Chloe, but they now mean something to Raven. It’s not that she’s attracted to Chloe; she’s not. It’s just that things are more awkward because now she’s ready to admit to herself that she’s attracted to girls.
It’s not a bad book, but Everything Changes suffers from its short length. A longer book would give the characters and the storyline time to develop more slowly. It’s set over the course of a few weeks, beginning in mid-February, but the way it’s presented, everything about it just feels rushed.